Health Impacts of Heat: Adapting to a Changing Climate

Gregory Wellenius
April 18, 2018 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm


SFU Burnaby Campus, Room ASB 10908
8888 University Drive
Burnaby , BC

With Gregory Wellenius, Associate Professor of Epidemiology, Brown University

While exposure to high ambient temperature (i.e., heat) is widely recognized as a threat to public health, the burden of illness and death attributable to heat in the US remains high. Our research in this area highlights that in the US: 1) the burden of present-day heat-related and mortality remains high, 2) heat and other climatic hazards tend to co-occur with each other as well as with indicators of social vulnerability, 3) adhering to a lower greenhouse gas emissions scenario has the potential to avert a quantifiable and substantial number of heat-related deaths compared to the business as usual emissions scenario, and 4) current approaches to protecting the public during heat events have uncertain – and perhaps limited – impact. Our group seeks to provide evidence to national and local officials for minimizing the adverse health impacts of present-day and projected future heat.

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Gregory Wellenius

Gregory Wellenius, Associate Professor of Epidemiology and Director of the Center for Environmental Health and Technology. He is broadly interested in studying environmental determinants of cardiovascular disease. His work has primarily focused on studying the effects of ambient air pollution on the risk of cardiovascular events and its effects on cardiovascular physiology. In the context of these studies, he uses tools from the fields of epidemiology and toxicology to: 1) evaluate the association between environmental exposures and disease, 2) identify subgroups of the population that may be particularly susceptible, and 3) elucidate the physiologic mechanisms for the observed effects.

This event is hosted by the Climate Futures Initiative and the Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions